Mama's Nutrition Needs During Pregnancy Posted on 21 Jul 17:08 , 0 comments
Before I leaped into the chocolate world, my work revolved around sports nutrition and women's health. I LOVED them both (and still do!). My goal with launching a chocolate company was to reach and inspire more people about the health benefits of plant-based eating through our chocolates, blogging, social media and events. Little did I know that the logistics of running a chocolate company alone would be more than a full time job! While most of my day revolves around packaging and shipping chocolates, working with natural retail stores and keeping nicobella running, I still try to find space to reconnect with my true passion, which is nutrition and whole plant-based foods.
One area of focus as a nutritionist has been nutrition during pregnancy. During pregnancy, moms need more protein for baby's growth, omega 3's for baby's eye and brain development, fiber to prevent constipation, iron to prevent anemia, calcium for bone strength and growth, potassium to prevent high blood pressure and cramping, and folate to prevent neural tube defects.
Our chocolate snack, Mama Munch, was created specifically with the special needs of expecting mothers in mind. We use a one to one ratio of walnuts to 75% organic dark chocolate, making each bag a good source of protein and omega 3 fatty acids. We also add flaxseeds which help to provide 3.5 grams of fiber per 1 oz serving (there are 2 oz per bag). What's more, dark chocolate has shown to help prevent high blood pressure during pregnancy. This is a great snack for moms on-the-go, as a topping on oatmeal or yogurt or in a smoothie (recipe below!).
If you are looking for personal plant-based nutrition advice, please email me for rates. I'd love to work with you to help you reach your nutrition and vegan lifestyle goals.
Mama Munch Smoothie
- 2 oz bag of Mama Munch
- 4 oz of almond milk
- 1/2 banana
- handful of ice
Add all ingredients to blender and pulse. Once it's nice and creamy, enjoy!
This smoothie could be split into two for two small snacks or as one meal and contains the following nutrients:
- 500 calories
- 10 grams protein
- 10 grams fiber
- 57 grams carbohydrate (with 10 of those being from fiber, therefore 47 grams usable carbohydrate)
- 23 grams fat (mostly in the form of omega 3 fatty acids, contains over 2,000 mg of plant-based omega 3 alpha-linolenic!)
- 16 mg iron
- 240 mg calcium
- 35 micrograms folate
- 648 mg potassium